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November 12, 2015  Friends of the Hilltop Annual Meeting


Come and join us for our Annual meeting at the

Hollywood Casino Columbus, 200 Georgesville Road, 43228 at 7:00 pm.

You will learn about the exciting things happening on the Hilltop for the coming year from our special speakers. 

** John Rosenberger **  Central Ohio Community Improvement Corporation

** Susan Weber **  Sustainable Planning & Design

** Charlie Loutzenhiser **  South Central Blockwatch

** William Huffman **  Friends of the Hilltop Operations Manager

Please RSVP—614-670-7357  or email—


REMINDER: The Sullivant Avenue End 2 End Litter Bust is October 24th; we will meet at 8:00 am in the parking lot of our office, 3556 Sullivant Avenue (corner of Sullivant and Wilson).  

 August 16, 2015  Beautification Awards

Our 19th Annual Beautification Awards start at 2:00 pm in the Dorrian Room at the Hilltop Senior Village, 300 Overstreet Way. We will be thanking many of the Hilltop residents and business owners for the efforts to beautify the Hilltop.


 July 18, 2015 Martha Park Clean Up 

Meet at Martha Park, corner of Sulivant and Martha Avenues at 9:00 am for a corridor clean up; bring gloves and wear work boots/shoes.

 April 25, 2015 - West Broad Street Corridor Clean Up.

Meet at the Friends' Park, 2015 W Broad (corner at Whitethorne) at 9:00 am; bring gloves and wear work shoes/boots. We will be cleaning from the park east to Glenwood Park, rain or shine!.


January 12, 2015 was Community Partner Day at Dirty Frank's West

Thank you to our hosts at Dirty Frank's for making us feel so welcome on January 12 for Community Partner Day. Dirty Frank’s West donated 10% of all food sales from Community Partner Day to Friends of the Hilltop. Friends of the Hilltop also received $1.00 from every drink special sold on Community Partner Day. Dirty Frank’s West will also donate $1.00 from every drink special sold on January 16 to Friends of the Hilltop. THANK YOU to all of our members and supporters who ate at Dirty Frank's on Community Partner Day! Please visit the Friends of the Hilltop Facebook page to view photographs from Community Partner Day.



Operation Hilltop Cleanup was a Friends of the Hilltop litter removal initiative in partnership with Keep Columbus Beautiful. At least three area cleanups were planned for each year. The goal was to attack blighted, high-profile areas on the Hilltop to clean up litter, collect recyclables, and weed and trim as necessary. Keep Columbus Beautiful provided trash bags, gloves, tools, water, and other necessary supplies. 

Friends of the Hilltop sponsored an annual cleanup as part of our Earth Day/Arbor Day celebrations. This special event was organized as part of Operation Hilltop Cleanup. We typically set aside Earth Day/Arbor Day to clean up highly visible parts of the Hilltop, such as Glenwood Park and Rhodes Park, especially around the "Welcome to the Hilltop" signs and other Hilltop gateway areas. 

Friends of the Hilltop concluded the Operation Hilltop Cleanup Program in 2011 after several years of success under the leadership of Program Chair Sue Laughlin. A new program, the Sullivant Avenue End-2-End Project, was launched in 2012 with the leadership of Jim Lashbrook and Dan Downing. This initiative focuses on developing partnerships and encouraging neighbors along Sullivant Avenue from I-70 to Georgesville Road in an effort to beautify this section of the community.


Friends of the Hilltop has planted hundreds of trees throughout the Hilltop in parks, at schools, and in other public spaces.

We have planted trees at Wrexham Park, Westgate Park, Holton Park, Hauntz Park, Rhodes Park, Hilltop Neighborhood Park, and Big Run Park. We have planted trees at Binns Elementary School and Highland Avenue Elementary School. Friends of the Hilltop has planted trees along Wilson Road (north of Sullivant Avenue) in front of the Hilltop Senior Village and in the traffic calming bump outs on Lechner Avenue.

In addition to our regular tree plantings, Friends of the Hilltop plants at least ten trees annually through a special partnership with the Columbus City Forester. More trees are coming soon to a park or other location near you!



The annual Friends of the Hilltop Beautification Awards recognize individuals and businesses that are making a difference in the Hilltop through their special efforts to beautify our community with attractive and well-maintained landscaping.


Friends of the Hilltop inaugurated the annual Karen Whitman Hilltop, USA Award in 2011 after the passing of Hilltopper Karen Whitman. Karen was well known for her love and support of Hilltop, USA. After a successful career in real estate as one of the first female realtors on the west side of Columbus, Karen served several terms as a member of the Greater Hilltop Area Commission, including serving as Zoning Chair and in other leadership positions. She was also actively involved with the Greater Hilltop Resource Center and Friends of the Hilltop. Karen served on the Hilltop Business Association Board of Trustees and later as its Executive Secretary. Karen supported any endeavor that benefitted the Greater Hilltop area. She was an inspirational leader.

The award is presented annually as a way to honor Karen and as a way to recognize individuals who carry on her work through their own commitment and service to the Greater Hilltop area. Nominations are accepted throughout the year and recipients are selected by the Friends of the Hilltop Board of Trustees. The award is presented at the annual Friends of the Hilltop Beautification Awards ceremony. 

Past recipients include: Mr. Fred Tompkins, Dr. Annette Jefferson, Mr. Earl Potts, and Mr. Dan Downing.



The West Broad Street Planters represent one of the original Friends of the Hilltop projects. Today, Friends of the Hilltop has 17 planters along West Broad Street.

Friends of the Hilltop works with neighboring businesses to maintain the planters. The planters require water, weeding, and feeding throughout the growing season to continue flowering beautifully.

 Businesses Fostering Planters: Schoedinger Hilltop Chapel, FasLub (#3), Beck & Orr, Hoge Memorial Presbyterian Church, Hillcrest Baptist Church,Halderman Dry Cleaners & Gearhart's Hardware.



Friends of the Hilltop is proud to have supported the Friends of Westgate Park's mural project by acting as the fiscal agent for the project.

Friends of Westgate Park commissioned award-winning artist Curtis Goldstein to commemorate the historical significance of Camp Chase in a mural at Westgate Park. His work not only honors the role of the neighborhood during the Civil War but also beautifies the park.  Curtis began work on the mural on July 3, 2009; he completed the mural on October 4, 2009.



Friends of the Hilltop was proud to be the fiscal agent for the 2012 Uptown on the Hilltop Parade and to co-host the parade with the Hilltop YMCA.

Sponsors of the 2012 Uptown on the Hilltop Parade include Scott, Scriven & Wahoff LLP, Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP, The CenturyLink Clark M. Williams Foundation, and State Representative Michael Stinziano. THANK YOU TO THESE SPONSORS WHO HELP TO MAKE THE PARADE POSSIBLE.



The Greater Hilltop Area League for the Arts (GHALA) was formed in September 1990 to promote, encourage, and support the arts in the Greater Hilltop Area. Its members include students, art lovers, and amateur and professional artists — all dedicated to increasing the level of art appreciation in our community. GHALA merged with Friends of the Hilltop in 2011. 

Friends of the Hilltop is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

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